I had so much fun working on this post. I hope you all enjoy reading it. :)
1. What is your favorite thing about Jane Austen? Why?
I love the moral basis to all of her tales and the spiritual applications one can draw from her stories. As a Christian, I enjoy romantic novels where love is pure and holds to Godly standards, and where the people in love genuinely seek the best for the other person instead of themselves.
I also love Jane's wit and creativity, and of course her wonderful cast of memorable characters! :)
I think the amazing thing about Jane Austen is that she was so good at capturing the emotions of the scenarios in the stories. Even though our cultures and time periods are very different, as a reader I can still relate exactly to what the characters are going through. That, to me, is the mark of a great writer.
2. What are your top three favorite Jane Austen Novels and why?
Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Bennett, Mr. Darcy, Colonel Brandon
6. Top three Jane Austen Adaptations and why?
1. Pride and Prejudice BBC 1995
I first saw this adaptation after I'd read the book. I loved the attention to detail and incredible accuracy of this version compared to so many books-turned-to-movies. Not to mention that Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth were so brilliant in their roles! :D I much preferred this version of Pride and Prejudice to the later version with Keira Knightley and Matthew McFayden. I think that the 1995 version was more faithful to the book, and I didn't care for the characters as much in the newer version.
I especially love the end of the 1995 adaptation, at Jane and Lizzy's double wedding. The preacher talks about the reasons for marriage, and as he does, the camera cuts to all of the couples we've met along the way that have married for other reasons. We see the contrast between Jane and Lizzy's promising futures and the unhappy unions of the others, who based their marriages on wealth or lust. I just love the spiritual applications I can draw from that scene! :)
Just for fun: This movie came out right after I had my third daughter. I had her by way of a Cesarean section, and she was in NICU for a while. When we first brought her home, I had difficulty sleeping in bed because of my surgery, and she was getting up every 2 hours to eat. So the two of us would be out in the living room together all night. I was on the couch and she was in her bouncy seat. My brother had recorded S&S 2008 on DVD for me, so I would put the DVD in and fall asleep to it (somehow, it made it feel less like I was the only person awake in the world). ;) Every couple of hours, I'd wake up to feed my daughter and watch whatever part was playing. This continued for around 2 weeks. So let's just say I'm VERY familiar with this version! ;)
7. Top Three Jane Austen characters that "take delight in vexing" you?
10. Which Jane Austen character do you think you're most like?
Now, as I've mentioned before, I find myself behaving very "Emma-ish" at times. Not so much with the matchmaking, but I definitely tend to have the attitude issues and go on rants when things bother me. And soon I find "Mr. Knightley" encouraging me to think through my actions and words, always very gently, of course. Sometimes it's infuriating to be married to someone who's so even-keeled. He spoils all of my best rants! ;)
11. What was your introduction to Jane Austen?
I ended up mentioning this in an earlier question, but my first introduction to Jane Austen was the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. It came out when I was a freshman in high school, and I went to see it in the theaters with my mom. There may have been a group of us that went, but I can't remember. I fell in love with the story, the costumes, the hairstyles, and the time period in general!
I think the first Jane Austen book I read was Pride and Prejudice. I checked it out from our school library when I was in 11th grade. Since then, I've read all of her major works (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey) and I've seen numerous movie adaptations. I will always be thankful for that first movie that got me started all of those years ago. :)